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Author Ziker, John P. (John Peter), 1965-

Title Peoples of the tundra : northern Siberians in the post-communist transition / John P. Ziker
Published Illinois : Waveland Press, Inc., [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 197 pages)
Series Anthropology online
Contents Peoples of the Tundra -- Making a Living: Ecology and Economy -- The Loud Years: Resistance and Collaboration -- Alcohol and Violent Death -- Shamans, Ancestors, Sin, and Sacrifice -- The Law of the Tundra -- The Future Is in Their Hands
Summary "On ethnographic grounds alone, Ziker's book is a unique and valuable contribution. Despite increased fieldwork opportunities for foreigners in the former Soviet Union in recent years, much of Russia and Siberia remains terra incognita to Western scholars, except for specialists who know the Russian literature
In this sense, the book fills a gap in the ethnographic literature on Siberia for Western students and, at the same time, serves as a microcosm of the devastating changes affecting rural communities and indigenous peoples generally in a disintegrating former superpower; that is, increasing isolation and a shift to nonmarket survival economies."--ORIGINAL BOOK JACKET
Ziker's account of the Dolgan and Nganasan peoples of the Ust Avam community is a fascinating analysis of how people adapt their hunting, fishing, and herding not only to the demanding Arctice environment but also to enormous economic and political adversities created in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180)
Notes This edition in English
Subject Dolgans -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Nganasani -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Form Electronic book